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How to Manage your Literacy Centers

These 4 quick easy tips will help you manage your literacy centers!  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classroom!


In a perfect world, during our center rotations, our students would be on task and working independently. Can this perfect world happen? The answer is YES! But, it takes a lot of training (your students) and skills to manage your literacy centers!


I know at the beginning of the school year I am so excited to get started working with my guided reading groups! You know the moment when you set up centers and say to yourself: "They can handle this, I'm ready to start." But then you get started, and they act as if they know nothing! Have you had this happen? I definitely have!


In the past few years, I've made sure to spend about 6 weeks of "training" my students.

Center Management Tips

  1. Training- I cannot say this enough.  Practice and practice some more!  Make sure students know what to do and why they are doing it.  
  2. Rotation Board- I use my Digital Rotation Board to keep me on track!  There are 32 different options and I even have timers set up for it.  I also have some FREE rotation cards HERE.
These digital literacy board rotation boards are perfect to keep you and your students on track during center time.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classroom!

3.  Ask 3 Before Me- we discuss the ask 3 before me rule.  If a student is not sure what they are supposed to be doing during centers, I encourage them to ask a classmate first.  Check out some of these Pinterest ideas.
4.  Yes/ No Light- where had this been all my life??? I just love my YES/NO lights.  I keep them out on my desk so students know if it is ok to ask me a question or not.  This is an affiliate link.





I hope some of these management tips come in handy and make your life so much easier!
These 4 quick easy tips will help you manage your literacy centers!  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classroom!

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